D) Chiang Mai (ENG)

20/02/2018 – 27/02/2018

 

After our stay in Phket island where we really enjoyed the views, we took a bus for 5 hours to the north. Many bus are available, but the cheapest is 500 THB/pp. We even received water and a cake during the trip :p

« Arcade » bus station is located in the East, far away from the city itself and guesthouses, but redbus (30-40 THB/pp) are there to take you (or taxis). You should know that Redbus only leave when full of people, unless you pay (300-400 THB).

We used GRAB to get to our guesthouse, because sometimes, it the same price than using a redbus. You get more comfortable and dropped off directly where you want. However, they are not desired by neighter taxi drivers, noor redbus drivers, which means they will not show up in front of public areas and you will often have to look for them by yourself :p

We stayed at the Vida guesthouse, in a room with a private bathroom for 360 THB/day for the both of us.

Our stay was a bit chaotic because I caught a fever for a few days, for the second time since we left (it is exceptional for me since I hardly get feverish at home).

In the end, we stayed in Chiang Mai almost for a week instead of 3 days and we went to these locations :

  • Muay Thai fight at Thapae boxing stadium
  • A few temples:
    • Wat Chiang Man
    • Wat Lam Chang
    • Wat Phan Tao
    • Wat Chedi Luang
    • Wat Phra Singh
  • Doi Suthep
    • Camping on the mountain
    • Doi Pui summit
    • Bhubing Palace (palace used by the King whenever he visits the North) and its flower gardens

 

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Vida Guesthouse, our little nest for a week, one of our longest stay at the same place since the day we left home

Muay Thai

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Temples

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Wat Lam Chang

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A few pics of Wat Chiang Man

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Wat Phan Tao

 

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A few pics of Wat Chedi Luang

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Nagas (I love seeing those at the entrance of thai temples)

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Quelques photos du Wat Chedi Luang

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A few pics of Wat Phra Singh

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Camping & Doi Suthep

The cheapest way to get to Doi Suthep consists in riding in a redbus that park at every gates of the town and ask for the zoo (40 THB/pp).Once arrived, you will have to change for another one. Prices depend on where you want to go, 40, 70 or 90 THB/pp (Doi Suthep temples, Bhubing palace or Hmong village (local tribe)).

As we have met people giong to the Bhubing Palace, this is where we got off. We lost time trying to find one last redbus to get to the campsite, because we were proposed 500THB/pp !!They were kind enough to stop a car for us whse driver was none other than the campsite’s cook :p

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Autostop for the last part of the way up : One in the car, the other in the trunk. Hopefully, I don’t suffer from motion sickness :p

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Lots of empty tents around and a beautiful view over the city. What could we hope for ?
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The way to Doi Pui sumit through the trees

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On the way down,you should take a redbus (same price than the way up), but we stopped a car and nice people took us in ! We even spent the afternoon together, visiting the Bhubing Palace before they drove us to the bus station !

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A few flowers from the Bhubing Palace

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The Bhubing Palace :p

 

A few of our food discoveries :

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Fruit muesli -Rice and fried pumpkin with vegetables
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Pineapple rice – Egg, tomatoes and salad sandwich
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Pad thai (whatever you want with noodles)
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Restaurant at the campsite : Fried rice with pork, vegetables and omelet. Not bad for a lost place at the top of a mountain right?

 

Next step: Take a bus (Greenbus) to Chiang Rai to see the famous White temple, before leaving for Laos

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